DRIVER NEWS: Rockingham success the aim for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing

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24 AUGUST, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will seek to take more steps towards the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title this weekend when the series heads to Rockingham for the eighth meeting of the year.

The talented teenager picked up his tenth win of the campaign last time out at Knockhill to maintain a lead of 45.5 points in the championship standings.

The aim now will be to try and extend that advantage in the latest three rounds of the British F4 season at a circuit where Jamie has enjoyed success in the past.

That includes a double victory during his Ginetta Junior Championship winning campaign, with the two wins at the Northamptonshire circuit helping him to eventually wrap up the title.

Rockingham was also the scene of one of Jamie’s best drives last season, when he embarked on his first year of single-seater competition.

In a performance that went viral online afterwards, Jamie fought his way from 18th on the grid in race one to finish in fourth – making up an astonishing eleven places on the opening lap alone.

This time around, Jamie will seek to maintain his impressive qualifying record to put himself at the sharp end of the field, with three solid results and a strong haul of points being the ultimate goal.

“After a difficult weekend at Snetterton, it was good to return to the top of the podium last time out at Knockhill and to take my win tally into double figures,” he said.

“I’m confident that we’ll have a strong car again at Rockingham and that we’ll be right in the mix at the sharp end of the grid.

“The ultimate goal as ever is to be on the top step of the podium this weekend, but it’s also that stage of the season when the points are the most important thing.

“I want to come away from Rockingham with a big score on the board and to at least maintain the lead I have in the standings.”

Ahead of the Rockingham weekend, Jamie was named as one of seven drivers to be granted BRDC Rising Star status.

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is the highest profile graduate of the Rising Stars programme, which is open by invitation only to drivers aged 24 and under seeking to make a career in motorsport.

Jamie will now proudly carry the BRDC’s Rising Star emblem on his Carlin-run car through the remainder of the season.

“I’m delighted to have been named as a BRDC Rising Star,” he said. “To have been rewarded for my performances on track is fantastic and I feel very proud to now be carrying the BRDC logo on my car.”

After qualifying on Saturday 26 August at 10.20, the first of Rockingham’s three British F4 races will be at 14.15 on Saturday afternoon, with race two following at 10.05 on Sunday morning.

Race three then takes place at 15.12 and will feature as part of the BTCC’s extensive live coverage on ITV4.

Live results from the weekend will be available at www.tsl-timing.com